Gordon Derbyshire is a Canadian artist from British Columbia. He was born in the west Kootenay town of Trail in 1961. His first years were spent in the mining town of Riondel but at the age of nine his family moved to Westbank in the Okanagan Valley. His interest in painting started as a young man. His formal training came in the form of private art lessons from the ages 13 to16. He also attended Okanagan Summer School of the Arts workshops after high school.
The process of creating art itself has been a lifelong education.
His work reflects his unique vision developed during decades of drawing and painting. Growing up in the “west” with its Native and pioneer history complete with ghost towns and western culture has influenced the subjects that Gordon paints, the rugged mountains and shorelines, beautiful valleys, ranch lands and desolate prairies along with the inhabitants both past and present.
He has also worked at his “day job” completing over one hundred illustrations per year for 2-1/2 decades.
“The essence of a scene and the mood that is created from the light is what I try to capture in my paintings. It might be at a location that I have recently visited or in a story from another time and place that I have read about and imagined. My conscious effort is to put down in brush strokes, only what is essential. The painters, N.C. Wyeth, Carl Rungius, Howard Terpning and the Group of Seven, have been most influential.
I hope my paintings can inspire people as much as these artists have inspired me”.
Heritage Gallery - Westbank B.C. 1994
Horizons West Gallery - Calgary Alta. 1990
Under 500 show - Penticton Art Gallery - Penticton B.C. 2018
Canada Culture Days - Heritage Retirement Resort - West Kelowna B.C. 2017
The Perfect Palette The Cove Resort West Kelowna B.C. 2012
Art in the Park - West Kelowna B.C. 2011
Heritage Gallery - Westbank B.C. 1993
Lloyd Gallery - Penticton B.C. 1992
Glenmore Gallery - Kelown B.C.a 1991
Trails West Gallery, Calgary Alta. 1990
R.Dow Reid Gallery, Kelowna B.C. 1980, 82, 88, 1990
Art Dealer Representation.
Jenkins Showler Gallery, Whiterock B.C.
Glenmore Gallery, Kelowna B.C.
Lloyd Gallery, Penticton B.C.
Heritage Gallery, Westbank B.C.
Peters Gallery, Kamloops B.C.
Trails West Gallery, Calgary Alta.
2008-Current - licensed illustration - Desperate.com - Sharon Center, Ohio
1999-Current - Canada Games, World Curling, Arctic Winter Games Illustration - EventMax - Kelowna, B.C.
1988-2007 - Harley-Davidson - licensed design Hamilton Sportswear, Vancouver B.C.
1984-1987 - Art Director Nucrest Wholesale Kelowna, B.C.
2016 - Summer Art Scene for Youth - Graphic Design workshop. Exploring the wold of Photoshop. SASFY website
2017 - Summer Art Scene for Youth - Illustration workshop workshop.
Gordon's work is published in the books, "Artists of the Okanagan" (1988) and "Brushes in the Sun" (1994)
Gordon is a member of the Suk’-təmsqilx-West Kelowna Arts Council.
You can contact Gordon at:
3739 Carrall Rd